The National Academy of Technologies of France was first created as an Association, in December 2000, changing to the status of Public Administrative Establishment by law in 2007. As of 2013, the Academy benefits from the protection of the President of the French Republic, and thereby joins the ranks of the older academies with official recognition of its mission and its actions deemed in the public’s interests.
Technological innovations are at the heart of most of the major challenges facing society: providing access to training and employment for as many as possible, building a healthcare and health system that can meet the needs of a growing population, making a successful energy transition and adapting to climate change... On all these issues, the Academy of Technologies makes proposals and recommendations to public authorities and socio-economic actors.
Thanks to the plural expertise of its members, the academy provides an original perspective on issues relating to technologies and their interaction with society. It conducts its work independently and places the societal and ethical dimension of technologies at the heart of its thinking, focusing on topics such as:
The Academy is committed to promoting technological progress in the public interest. It takes its approach to progress to the Government and decision-making bodies in France as well as to European and international think tanks: in Europe, notably via Euro-CASE and its new SAPEA scientific advisory programme at the European Commission; internationally, within the framework of CAETS, in Asia, the United States and Africa.
The documents produced by the Academy are validated by the plenary assembly after a process that guarantees their quality and impartiality. Publications highlight issues that the current state of knowledge does not allow to resolve with sufficient certainty or that are controversial. Members of the Academy of Technologies are elected by their peers on the basis of scientific and technical excellence, according to rigorous recruitment procedures.
The Academy contributes to the governance of technological issues, in particular through the involvement of its members in or for the benefit of think tanks and decision-making bodies (National Research Strategy, Innovation 2030 Commission, Opecst, ANR, etc.). The Academy associates external personalities with its reflections. The relevance of its analyses is also based on a good knowledge of best practices around the world. Its integration into European and international academic networks allows it to benchmark its work.